This $17M Estate Inspired F. Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’
We’ve already told you about the estate that inspired the silver screen Gatsby mansion, but this $16.88M home on Long Island’s North Shore is said to have inspired author F. Scott Fitzgerald when he was writing The Great Gatsby.
Designed in 1928 by McKim, Mead & White, the estate was once home to Mary Harriman Rumsey—founder of the Junior League of the City of New York and daughter of railroad magnate EH Harriman. Rumsey hosted many notable individuals at the estate during her residency including F. Scott Fitzgerald, who was rumored to have based the Gatsby estate and the fictional town of East Egg on the home and its neighborhood.
The French-Normandy style estate underwent 3-year-long restoration and renovation completed in 2013 and boasts modern amenities including an updated kitchen and full suite of updated technology. Original details including the molding, millwork and hand-carved living room mantle were painstakingly restored. The main house spans nearly 12,000 square feet and has 13 bedrooms including an expansive master suite with a marble fireplace and impressive balcony.
The home sits on 5.3 acres that offer 391 feet of private beachfront as well as a caretaker’s cottage, 4-bedroom beach cottage, boathouse and tennis court.